Manufacture Your Day by UNDERSTANDING THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT THEIR BEHAVIOUR
We all go through very challenging times right now, and when we are stressed or insecure we become very different people.
Do you think new information could challenge some of your beliefs and transform you as a person and as a leader?
Human behaviour can be strange, and for the longest time I have been interested to understand why people do what they do.
It is important that people don’t connect their behaviour to their identity.
I think this principle is really important to understand, especially when we give feedback to others. This could be at work but of course also at home.
If we provide feedback by speaking about the behaviour and not about the person, it will make it easier for the person to change the behaviour.
For example: Instead of saying “You’re always late in our operations meetings”, say “being late to our operations meetings is unacceptable”.
People have to understand that they can learn new strategies to improve their behaviour.
Let’s take a current example that could almost be seen as a social experiment.
What is the deal with hoarding toilet paper?
This is a clear sign that fear based behaviour has taken over but it doesn’t have to be that way.
I encourage you to buy what you need but you should also think about others in your community. Practise self discipline by thinking good thoughts and focusing on the positive, and stop hoarding. There is no need for purchasing so much toilet paper only to store it on the shelf.
I encourage you to explore what you can learn about yourself and others during this time of uncertainty and isolation.
Instead engaging in self-serving behaviours we have to think about the power of love, collaboration and helping others in our communities.
There is a lesson to learn for all of us. We have forgotten what is truly important in life and in the world of business.
What would our world look like if we would make our decisions based on what is good for us, good for others and good for the planet?
Would this make a difference for the future generation?
The next few weeks in isolation will provide a wonderful opportunity to think and reflect. What character traits are important to get where we want to be?
If we stop fearful behaviour and paranoia, we will transform together and be stronger than ever.
Many will become more aware and they will evolve in this process but there will also be some who will learn nothing.
This is not the end. It is a chance for a new beginning.
Food for Thought:
How committed are you to reflect, learn and grow?
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